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Four teams have already qualified, but there is still a lot to play on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

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Moments of the 5th classic day

Tuesday 23 November

Group E: Dynamo Kiev vs Bayern (6:45 p.m. CET), Barcelona vs Benfica
Group F: Villarreal vs. Man. United (18:45 CET), Young Boys vs Atalanta
Group G: Sevilla vs Wolfsburg, LOSC vs Salzburg
Group H: Malmö vs Zenit, Chelsea vs Juventus

wednesday 24 november

group A: Man. City v Paris, Club Brugge v Leipzig
Group B: Atlético de Madrid vs AC Milan, Liverpool vs Porto
Group C: BeÅŸiktaÅŸ vs Ajax (18:45 CET), Sporting CP vs Dortmund
Group D: Inter vs Shakhtar Donetsk (18:45 CET), Sheriff vs Real Madrid

All kick-offs at 9:00 p.m. CET, unless otherwise noted.

What should you watch out for?

Highlights: Benfica 3-0 Barcelona

Highlights: Benfica 3-0 Barcelona

Benfica want to destabilize Barcelona
Under new management in the form of Xavi Hernández, Barcelona remain in a fragile state; they have only scored two goals in Group E so far and won’t need to remember what happened when they met Benfica in September, a 3-0 loss to Lisbon a serious blow to an already fragile confidence. The runaway squad leaders Bayern left Barca and Eagles to fight for second place, with Jorge Jesus keen for the Portuguese side to seize the opportunity at Camp Nou. “Due to our quality, we are still contesting Barca’s qualification.”

Cristiano Ronaldo's ultimate goals

Cristiano Ronaldo’s ultimate goals

Can Villarreal stop Ronaldo?
“Cristiano is just amazing,” cooed Ole Gunnar Solskjær after a brace from Ronaldo gave Manchester United a point at Atalanta. However, the Norwegian has now lost his job and Group F executives may need more Ronaldo magic as interim boss Michael Carrick takes control of Villarreal. Unai Emery’s side are tied with United on seven points after back-to-back wins, while Atalanta are ready to pounce if either team slips. But for Ronaldo’s five group goals so far, United would only have two points. If the yellow submarine manages to keep him in their sights, the Red Devils could be in trouble.

Highlights: Paris 2-0 Man.  City

Highlights: Paris 2-0 Man. City

City break in Paris
Pep Guardiola’s team meet Paris, while Phil Foden eagerly awaits a real test of strength. “Paris is going to be a very big game and we want to win it,” said the midfielder. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are unbeaten in Group A, but the local newspaper The Parisian was not impressed with their 2-2 draw in Leipzig last time (headline: “Paris didn’t deserve better”). The good result in England could allay any further discontent. “We have to have the will to go and win the game,” said Pochettino. “The goal is to qualify and we’ll go there with that idea in mind.”

Further away?

• After notching their first point in Group B on Matchday 4, AC Milan could have an eye on Atalanta’s big breakout in 2019/20 when the Serie A club recovered from a an equally bleak start to qualify for the round of 16. With Liverpool already through, and Porto and Atlético are not out of reach, that emergency exit is open.

Lewandowski's triplets in the Champions League

Lewandowski’s triplets in the Champions League

• A hat-trick last time propelled Robert Lewandowski to the top of the scoring charts this season with eight goals. His closest rival, Ajax’s Sebastien Haller, is on seven. Can the Poland international finish at the top of the charts for the second time, having reached 15 in Bayern’s winning 2019/20 campaign?

Key dates

Group stage
September 14/15: 1st day
September 28/29: Day 2
19/20 October: 3rd day
2/3 November: 4th day
23/24 November: day 5
December 7/8: day 6

This season's final takes place in St. Petersburg

This season’s final takes place in St. PetersburgUEFA via Getty Images

Knockout phase
December 13, 2021: Draw for the round of 16
February 15/16/22/23 & March 8/9/15/16: round of 16
March 18: Draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals
April 5/6 & 12/13: Quarter-finals
April 26/27 & May 3/4: Semi-finals
May 28: Final (Gazprom Arena, Russia)

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